Jaime O’Neill: I might have liked attending exclusive soirees and charity balls surrounded by people decked out in glittering jewelry that could have fed, housed, and clothed a sizeable village somewhere, or even a small town in America’s Rust Belt.
Richard Eskow: This budget is designed to serve the unbridled greed of the ultra-wealthy, offering them even more tax cuts and inflicting suffering on the least of us to do it.
Richard Eskow: Inequality interferes with economic growth, robs people of opportunity (and with it, hope), dooms millions to poverty or near-impoverished conditions, and offends that part of the human spirit that constantly searches for fairness and equality.
Natalie Davis: It’s not just the United States that boasts political and economic systems rigged to favor the corporatist, moneyed class over the people, it’s pretty much the whole damn world, covering the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Robert Reich: The result of this vicious cycle is a disenfranchisement of most Americans, and a giant upward distribution of income from the middle class and poor to the wealthy and powerful.
Robert Reich: Americans pay more for broadband Internet, food, airline tickets, and banking services than the citizens of any other advanced nation.